5 Wine Deals 4 the Summer!


• 2013 Tinto Negra, Malbec, Argentina $14

(Parker 91 pt., I had the opportunity to spend a few days with Tinto Negra winemaker Alejandro Sejanovich back in 2012—this guy know his stuff. He also happens to be the Vineyard Director at Catena, one of Argentina’s most respected wineries. Tinto Negra is a full-bodied red with just a touch of oak—perfect for that big ol’ grilled ribeye. And for $14, this wine is a real steal. Buy a case.)


• 2014, DMZ, Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, South Africa $9

(At less than 10 bucks, this is one of those steals I would buy by the crate if I could. This second-lable ace from respected producer De Morgenzon is a dry, mid-weight blush that’s perfect for a warm day around the grill or relaxing lakeside picnic. Worth seeking out at your local wine store.)


 • 2013, Albert Brichot, Château Long-Depaquit, Chablis, France $18

(If you’ve followed Jones Is Thirsty for any length of time, then you know how much I love Chablis, especially in the summertime. Gimme a lobster roll or shrimp burger with a glass of this Brichot Chablis, and I’m a happy man. I suspect you’ll feel the same way.)


 • Sokol Blosser, Evolution Red, Oregon $13

(WS 90 pt., This absolutely quaffable blend is freaky and delicious. Freaky because it’s like the platypus of wine—mostly Syrah blended with, let’s see, Sangiovese (the grape in Chianti), Montepulciano (makes those awesome reds from Abruzzo), plus a dash of Evolution White, its sister wine. Pair with burgers, pizza, jerk chicken, barbecue...the list goes on and on.)


 • 2012, Castelli del Grevepesa, Clemente VII Chianti Classico, Italy $14

(WS 92 pt., If you like Chianti, then you need to jump on this one. For real. In case you’re keeping score at home, Wine Spectator handed Clemente VII the same score as other 2011 Chiantis three and four times the price. Remember, by law, Classico is 100% Sangiovese, so this old school red delivers lots of dark berry, cherry flavors with a hint of smokiness. Throw a rack or two of baby back ribs on the smoker and get ready for one dandy of a food and wine pairing.)


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